Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/171217
Authors: 
Biewen, Martin
Fitzenberger, Bernd
de Lazzer, Jakob
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
ZEW Discussion Papers 17-048
Abstract: 
This study revisits the increase in wage inequality in Germany. Accounting for changes in various sets of observables, composition changes explain a large part of the increase in wage inequality among full-time workers. The composition effects are larger for females than for males, and increasingly heterogenous labor market histories play an important role. Furthermore, we find strong effects of education for males and strong effects of age and experience for females. Changes in industry and occupation explain fairly little. Extending the analysis to total employment confirms the basic findings, while revealing substantial negative selection into part-time work.
Subjects: 
wage inequality
reweighting
composition effects
Germany
JEL: 
J31
J20
J60
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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